What better way to ring in the start of a new year than to relax inside enjoying a good book? I LOVE reading and often find it hard to find time to sit down and enjoy a good book. My biggest worry is that I will start a book and not enjoy it and then realize I have wasted precious time reading a book that is not worth the time. It also takes time to explore all of the different books out there to determine what to start reading! In order to help everyone out, I have compiled a list of books I have read and approve for you to get started on. I am a pretty diverse reader and this book list shows it. I enjoy genres and topics from fiction and self-help books to Drama and love stories. None of these books are brand new by any means but they are a nice mix of books from the past couple of years that made an impression on me and are worth recommending. I would love to hear in the comments what your thoughts on the book list are and any other books you would recommend!
10. The Last Letter From Your Lover
by Jojo Moyes
From the same writer that brought us “Me Before You” and “After You”, this book is right on par with creating strong connections to characters and adding a touch of a beautiful love story. Keep the Kleenexes close by because the tears might stream quite frequently.
by Stephen King
If you are into history this is a great read for you! Heck, even if you don’t like history this is a great book. It follows a man who time travels back to November 22, 1963 (hence the title) and attempts to stop the assassination of John F. Kennedy. I feel like the novel really showed a good portrayal of what the time period was like. I won’t give any spoilers so it’s best you go read it! It has been turned into a TV series too.
8. The Light Between Two Oceans
by M. L. Stedman
This book is really just is a good read. There is a man named Tom who is a lighthouse keeper on an island where only him and his wife live. Him and his wife had been trying desperately to have a baby and suffered several miscarriages. One day they heard a baby crying and went out to find a washed up boat with a baby on board and a deceased man. Read to find out what happened with the baby and how they sought out care for the baby since they lived in such a remote area.
7. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo
by Amy Schumer
Full disclosure here, if you aren’t in tune with the humor of Amy Schumer you probably won’t like this book. But if you do, its greatly written. I found myself giggling pretty often throughout this book. She shares experiences throughout her life that have occurred and, in true Amy Schumer fashion, adds a ton of humor.
6. Orphan Train
by Christina Baker Kline
Over 100 years ago orphan trains ran back and forth throughout The United Stated full of orphaned children who were hoping they would be the lucky one to get adopted off of the train. This story gives a closer look to a few of the children on the train and shows the resilience kids can have during that time period regardless of what they go through.
5. Big Magic
by Elizabeth Gilbert
This is a great book! I would categorize it in the “self-help” realm but it really does help you to explore within yourself and how to find your “hidden gem”. I never found myself to be a creative person but while reading this book I gave myself time to think about how I can be creative and not be afraid to try new things. It helped me to learn about myself and think in ways I hadn’t thought of before.
4. Designing Your Life
by Bill Burnett & Dave Evans
This book was written by two obviously smart men. It discusses how you can design your life and you are in control of how your life will go. Think about it, a chair was designed to solve a problem. Take a problem in your life and design your life in a way to where that problem is no longer there. This book gives the tools to help design a life that will create happiness in places you would not expect.
3. The Universe has Your Back
by Gabrielle Bernstein
This is one of my favorite books in the area of “self-help”. Within the past couple of years I have developed the smallest amount of anxiety. It usually occurs when I travel. I always believed that something would happen to a loved one if I went out of town and so the whole vacation I was worried about something that could happen back at home. The title “The Universe has Your Back” explains exactly how this book helped me. The Universe is not here to destroy us. Just because I am out of town did not mean something bad would happen. This book gave me ideas on how to calm that anxiety so the worry would go away and I could enjoy my time when I went on vacations or out of town.
by Emma Donoghue
This book (recently turned movie) is a great read. It is about a woman who was kidnapped by a man. A woman is being held captive and while in captivity becomes pregnant by the man who abducted her. The story documents the lives of the mother and son in the eyes of the 5 year old boy. It is amazing to see how the two adapt to life in one room their whole lives.
1. The Girl On the Train
by Paula Hawkins
You will be on your toes through a large portion of this book! It was really hard for me to put it down while I was reading. It follows a young adult woman, Rachel who had suffered from a divorce that sent her towards a downward spiral. She often found herself blacked out from drinking and trying to remember events from the night before. One morning Rachel wakes up from a night of drinking and finds herself bruised with blood on her. That same morning, news breaks that a woman in her town has gone missing. Worried that she has something to do with the missing woman, Rachel looks into what happened that night. Unraveling what happened that night along with Rachel really kept me on my toes. The ending was very surprising as well. The best news is, once you read it you can go and see the movie because it is officially out in theaters! I am so excited!
I hope everyone enjoys this book list! If anyone ever wants to recommend a book to me please feel free to leave it in the comments. I love learning about new books!